Scarpelli, best known for his work on 1966 western The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, passed away on Wednesday (28Apr10) at his home in Rome, Italy after a long battle with heart problems.
He famously teamed up with another screenwriter, Agenore Incrocci, for the bulk of his writing duties, forming the duo Age & Scarpelli.
The pair, who worked on 120 films together, received two joint Academy Awards nominations in the 1960s, for The Organizer and Casanova '70. In 1995 Scarpelli received his third Oscar nomination for Il Postino (The Postman), which he wrote with his son Giacomo.
Scarpelli is survived by his wife and two sons.